A giant heart towering over the town of Manorhamilton In Leitrim was launched to the cheers of a delighted crowd on Saturday November 28th. The heart with an impressive 120 metres in circumference and 100 feet in height can be seen for miles in the rural area. It sits on the peak of Benbo, a mountain range on the border of Leitrim and Fermanagh, two of the counties at risk from fracking, one in the North of Ireland, one in the South. Artist Darragh Wilkins created the short-term installation with anti-fracking group Love Leitrim as part of an Artist in the Community scheme, a partnership that also involved Leitrim County Council. In a truly community effort campaigners were delighted that farmers from a number of different sites had offered land but a commonage on Benbo mountain won the day as the site for the project.
Love Leitrim members would like to express our appreciation to all those who took part in this project, there were many people involved both in the foreground and background and this project could not have happened without your assistance.
Thanks to Joseph Sheerin and Jeff Seibert for the excellent photographs of the finished work.
A big thanks to the the land owners on Benbo who agreed to allow us to use the commonage.
A special thanks to the other farmers in the area who were also willing to allow us the use of their land, thank you all for your generous offers.
Thanks to Disclaimer Films for the use of their work
Finally, thank you Darragh Wilkins for the enormous amount of Artistic, Physical and Mental energy you poured in to this project.